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Initial Thoughts For A Great Education System

My favourite quote by Albert Einstein! So relevant, when today we’re still insisting schooling of our young isn’t biased towards the subjects we’ve been taught for 100’s of years! As Ken Robinson in his famous TED Talk says “I think you’d have to conclude the whole purpose of public education throughout the world is to produce university professors. Isn’t it? They’re the people who come out the top”.
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Can I be super clear, I believe in all the subjects being taught and I don’t think we should ever promote to our young that they need not try, and somehow Albert’s quote allows anyone to not give it their utter best. As we know, resilience and doing things that are hard, or do not come naturally builds muscles we need later in life. I also feel for any teacher who sees students with potential, and yet they know at home they’re not being pushed to give it their ‘all’ – must be soul destroying.
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I believe and I know lots agree, the system needs to start to understand that in an age where the internet, AI etc will be in our children’s futures, we need to help them embrace everything human. We need to help them understand creativity. That they most likely will be their own boss at some point and the odds of this vs what seems to be the careers the education system are gearing them up for is 1000000000 to 1! Well I’m not a mathematician but you get my point! Harry will retire around 2080! Are we setting him up for this world in the future?
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As Ken said “My contention is that creativity now is as important in education as literacy, and we should treat it with the same status.”
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My initial thoughts for a great education system 1. people should learn the way that fits best to their strengths 2. small classes with lots of collaboration 3. more independent free time to pursue own interests 4. more integration with the outside, working real world, and more mentors than your teachers.
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I’d love to hear your 4 points on what you think would start to make the change we need to see?


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